Michael Gilfix

Michael
Gilfix
Gilfix & La Poll Associates, LLP

Michael Gilfix is a nationally known authority in the field of law, aging and estate planning. A 1973 graduate of Stanford Law School, he is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a co-founder of NAELA, and a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Mr. Gilfix regularly addresses professional audiences, including attorneys, physicians, certified public accountants, and financial planners, nationally as well as locally.
An entrepreneur in the legal field, Mr. Gilfix created the first legal aid program for elders in 1973. He served as Executive Director of that program, Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA) of Santa Clara County, for ten years. In 1983 he created the law firm that is today known as Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP . 

Mr. Gilfix is a California legal advisor to Partnership For Caring, the national organization devoted to rights of individuals to make their own health care decisions. 
A highly respected practitioner and a prolific author, Mr. Gilfix is co-author of Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly: Forms and Practice (Matthew Bender) and is the principal author of Medi-Cal and Asset Preservation, a book- length set of materials for practicing attorneys. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of legal journals such as Trusts and Estates Magazine, where his writings have discussed the role of personal values in estate planning, life care communities, and asset preservation planning. 

Articles
Addressing Financial Elder Abuse 1
Michael Gilfix calls on personal experience to warn against the dangers of financial elder abuse
Paying for Long-term Care
Bernard A. Krooks & Michael Gilfix address the evolving challenge of paying for long-term care
It’s All in the Genes
Michael Gilfix highlights the impact of advances in genetic testing on modern estate planning
The High Cost of Aging
Long-term care (LTC) and how we pay for it continue to be major issues for Americans and our federal, state and local governments. Congress attempted
Valuable Resources
As practitioners in the world of estate planning and elder law, we're all aware that America's aging population faces countless and challenging legal
Advising Older Clients
AARPSenior vice president for legal advocacy: Stuart Cohenwww.aarp.org/foundation601 E. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20049(800) 775-6776member@aarp.org
Navigating the System
Advising clients on Medicare and Medicaid planning and eligibility has become increasingly complicated. Elder law practitioners must struggle to keep
Advance Health Care Directives
I've counseled thousands of clients about the need for advance directives as an integral, critical component of an estate plan. Advance directives can
Long-term Care Is Critical
Perhaps the greatest development in the world of elder care and special needs law during 2009 was the lack of any real development. With the national
Don't Give Directly To Special Needs Relatives
Often, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents and the like want to help disabled relatives by leaving them some money. That's why every attorney familiar
Burials--Going Green and Greener
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Burials - Going Green, Greener and Greenest
Perhaps the first time most people would've heard of a green burial was in the last episode, aired during summer 2005, of the blockbuster HBO series,
The Good and the Very Bad
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Burials Going Green, Greener and Greenest
Perhaps the first time most people would've heard of a green burial was in the last episode, aired during summer 2005, of the blockbuster HBO series,
Whew!
The good news in elder law is that there was no big news in 2007. That's a relief after years of new federal laws enacted to restrict people's access
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